Reducing Carbon Emissions in Canada before the point of no return

Reducing Carbon Emissions in Canada before the point of no return

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Sam Hartling started this petition to Government of Canada

        Canadians are attempting to address Carbon emissions but it has been rendered overall ineffective due to lack of commitment. The culture of Canada is one where citizens are somewhat aware of carbon emissions and climate change but their attempts to improve their carbon footprint are often not impactful. The Canadian way of life due to many factors in inherently high in carbon emissions and dramatic social change is needed to truly make an impact on carbon emissions. The effects of carbon emissions are becoming more prevalent and will continue to increase in severity until they are addressed.

        Canadians in the light of Climate change may be aware but not be taking meaningful action. 78% of Canadians believe there are risks to people due to climate change. 79% of Canadians believe that personal actions are important but ultimately less important than a systemic change in regards to climate change. 52% of Canadians believe that Carbon emissions are not the primary cause of climate change. Canadians believe that Climate change is an issue but do not have the knowledge to take meaningful action. Canadians are taking personal action to be climate-friendly although their actions may be moot if systematic change does not occur. These changes would be able to occur if the information was standardized and easy to access but information related to carbon emissions and climate change can be costly for large corporations and therefore can be hard to find. Systematic change is difficult due to cultural inertia and the belief that if something is not broken, there is no need to fix it is toxic for this movement to be successful. Two-thirds of Canadians are taking action to reduce their GHG emissions but without complete cooperation from individuals and corporations alike. Canadians are attempting change but carbon emissions continue to rise and the effects continue to worsen.

       Canadians attempt to curb their poor carbon habits but that is difficult due to cultural inertia. Cultural inertia is the idea that culture will continue on the path of least resistance which is the path with the least change. This phenomenon is applicable in Canada in regards to carbon emissions as Canada is an economy and country that does not lend well to low carbon initiatives. Canadian culture contains lots of high carbon goods which are a major contributor to carbon emissions. For example, capitalism being prominent involves many Canadians purchasing goods that emit a high amount of carbon in products such as plastic. This plastic is often used less than a handful of times before it is thrown out without a thought as the single-use mindset is prominent in the Canadian culture. This mindset is beginning to shift as legislature begins to move in favor of a reusable lifestyle but the opinions of some citizens don’t match the governments as many parts of Canadian life are not easily replaced by a low carbon alternative. Canadians may want a low carbon alternative but in the present culture, it is not feasible without moderate discomfort which many Canadians are unwilling to go through. Carbon emissions will likely not significantly reduce because it is easier for culture to stay the course rather than change.

Sign this petition as a way to acknowledge that carbon emissions need to be addressed not only by individuals but corporations and local, provincial and federal governments if Canada is to survive this climate crisis. 

 

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